Sr. Licensing Associate

Coral Gables, Florida
Jun 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer is to serve the University and its faculty by commercializing technologies developed within the university system to benefit the public. The Senior Licensing Associate will: independently assess invention disclosures from faculty for commercial potential, including patentability and, if not patentable, determination of alternative pathways for protection and licensing; provide feedback to faculty on the commercial potential of their innovations; independently manage an ongoing portfolio of technologies including, pre disclosure, disclosed innovations, provisional, full and published patent applications, copyrightable technology, pending licenses and options; provide mentorship and leadership by example to all other licensing professionals on the team.Duties & Responsibilities:
• Independently assess invention disclosures from faculty for patentability or other pathways to commercialization and provide feedback to faculty re patent or other commercialization process
• Independently manage ongoing portfolio of technologies including, pre disclosure, disclosed, provisional, full applications and published patents, pending licenses and options
• Provide mentorship and leadership by example to all other licensing professionals on the team
• Work toward quarterly and annual deal closure metrics as an individual and as a team
• Report progress towards goals on a weekly basis
• Work with IP law firms to patent only commercially viable technologies, ensure only the highest quality of patent applications are made, and that the costs are controlled to ensure University funds are well spent
• Enter transactions and communications for every technology into the technology tracking database in a timely and accurate manner
• Detailed tracking and knowledge of every technology related expense and revenue, as well as reporting obligations, both past and future, in their technology portfolio
• Work from Master Agreement Templates to the greatest extent possible.
• Respond to every email, call and inquiry - to the extent possible - within 24 hoursSkills & Abilities:
• Proven ability to quickly close complex licensing deals
• Willingness to take direction from leadership
• Willingness to take team approach to commercialization
• Operate transparently to all other team members
• Understand the “speed of business” is different than the speed of academia and commit to working at the speed of business
• Work to simplify the complex process of tech transfer
• Must be driven by business needs, both external and internal
• Evidence of an excellent knowledge of the business of Tech Transfer
• Current knowledge of the “market”
• Basic tech transfer “rolodex”
• Demonstrated capability in product development, from the invention disclosure to patentingExperience & Education Requirements:
• Requires a Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences; Master's or PhD is preferred
• Minimum of five years of progressive Intellectual Property experience in biomedical/life sciences technology transfer in a university setting
• Some product development experience in an industry/startup environment preferred Apply online. Position #P00017468

The University of Miami is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. We are committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Come join us!